World English Dictionary
civil engineer
a person qualified to design, construct, and maintain public works, such as roads, bridges, harbours, etc
civil engineering

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Science Dictionary
civil engineering   (sĭv'əl)  Pronunciation Key 
The branch of engineering that specializes in the design and construction of structures such as bridges, roads, and dams.
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Example sentences
Architecture is usually conceived as the aesthetic design of the structure,
  while the construction is purely civil engineering.
Gabions--wire mesh baskets filled with rocks--have been used for civil
  engineering purposes for centuries.
Whole tires are also used in civil engineering projects.
The program offers degrees in areas such as civil engineering, computer
  science, and accounting.
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